“If I as a victim stay anonymous, I will send a negative message to the other victims,” Harbi said in an interview with .
“If I hide, how can I ask other victims to come forward?
She takes medications for anxiety and depression, which she told Lewin makes it difficult for her to concentrate.
Lewin, Harbi said, told her he would help her regain some self-confidence.
To confirm her identity, Harbi provided a copy of the letter addressed to her from MIT announcing the results of the investigation.
She is now coming forward because she is concerned the case will be forgotten.
was unable to contact Lewin or identify a lawyer for him.
Many of his social media accounts have been closed, as has his email through the institution.“I would call it an unprecedented area,” said Erin Buzuvis, director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Studies at Western New England University.“There isn’t even a lot of precedent for online harassment in general.” Sexual harassment of students in face-to-face courses is not unheard-of, however, said Billie Wright Dziech, a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati who explored the issue in the book which she co-wrote.“It’s really going to depend on [Lewin] having shown his unsuitability for that job in the past,” Robbins said. They were guided by MIT policies with respect to teacher-learner interactions.” As MIT pointed out, Lewin, 78, taught his last course on campus in spring 2008 and retired the next year.“To put someone in a candy store and know they have a propensity for victimizing women ..., I think that’s where the crux of any issue is.” An MIT spokeswoman said the university handled the case as though Harbi were enrolled at the institution. Rafael] Reif said, we believe we must take the greatest care that everyone who comes to us for knowledge and instruction, whether in classrooms or online, can count on MIT as a safe and respectful place to learn,” Provost Martin A. He has not taught online since his fall 2013 MOOC on classical mechanisms, during which he contacted Harbi. She said she decided to take a physics course after struggling with the subject in high school.